Dustin Diamond’s defence attorney wrote ‘Good luck’ on actor’s car

28 May 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Dustin Diamond’s lawyer blasted in court for misconduct.

There was a brief pause during proceedings as the prosecutor, Distract Attorney Adam Gerol, objected to a good luck message the defence attorney, Thomas Alberti, had written on Diamond’s car. The former “Saved by the Bell” star stands accused of one felony count of reckless endangerment and misdemeanor charges of disorderly conduct and carrying a concealed weapon for allegedly stabbing a man in a bar in Wisconsin on Christmas Day last year.

In December last year police reported that Diamond, who played Screech in the 90s TV series, and his girlfriend Amanda Schultz got into a brawl with another group of people at the Grand Ave Saloon in Washington. Diamond denies the charges, claiming he was defending his fiancee Amanda Schutz, who is facing a misdemeanor disorderly conduct count over the incident. The actor’s trial got off to a false start on Wednesday when his lawyer Thomas Alberti arrived at Ozaukee County Circuit Court with “Good luck to Dustin & Amanda” written on the rear window of his car. When Judge Paul Malloy learned of the message, he gave Alberti five minutes to remove it from his vehicle, saying, “I’m telling you right now, any more shenanigans like that and you’ll find yourself in contempt faster than fast.” Alberti told CBS 58 News, “They’re just good people. The defendants, on the other hand, were hostile — Gerol cited video footage depicting the defendants beginning the night facing the bar, but in the lead-up to the altercation turning around to face the friends’ table.

While they both initially maintained that Diamond had not had a knife — Diamond said he’d been holding a pen — they eventually admitted the presence of a weapon. He only witnessed Schutz pushing a female member of Smet’s party, explaining that the rest of his view was blocked by a partition in front of the bar. When cross-examined by Anthony Cotton, Schutz’s attorney, Buser said he did not think the defendants had been overly intoxicated, nor did he see Schutz acting aggressively before the altercation. But Alberti cast doubt on Smet’s reliability, pointing to several discrepancies between his account and the written statement he provided to police in December.

While Smet told Gerol that his party recognized Diamond but it “wasn’t a huge deal,” Alberti pointed to Smet’s written testimony that his friends had tried to discreetly photograph the former star.

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